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Sheriff William E. Haynes | Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, Alabama Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

Sheriff

William E. Haynes

Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch: Saturday, September 5, 1908

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Not guilty by reason of insanity

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Sheriff William Haynes was shot and killed in Hayneville by a local merchant.

The suspect was quarreling with his brother when the sheriff was appealed to for protection. As he attempted to quiet the man, who was drinking, he suddenly produced a pistol and shot him.

The suspect was arrested and charged with murder. The trial drew national attention. The suspect and Sheriff Haynes came from prominent families and both were involved in all political matters which affected Lowndes County. On February 25, 1909, the suspect was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

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